Donburi is the go-to-place for freshly made Japanese rice bowls in Markham. It's one of the many Asian dining restaurants found at Commerce Gate near Leslie and Highway 7.
Don't miss out on their selection of skewers which include scallop, cuttlefish, nankotsu (chicken cartilage) and beef tongue ($2 - $3 each).
The seafood tastes fresh but for my money the one to get is the beef tongue. Its texture is almost indistinguishable from a thick cut of regular beef.
The Spicy Gyuu Fries ($7) are on the restaurant's secret menu. Here, thinly sliced seasoned beef comes layered on crispy fries and dressed heavily with Japanese mayo, spicy powder, and sweet teriyaki sauce. It's a great take on Asian-style fries.
The Nagoya Fried Chicken Wings ($5.50) are also a winner. The wings are marinated for days with an in house blend of soy sauce, sake, ginger, garlic and Sriracha. There's lots of flavour here and the wings are cooked with the right about of crisp.
The Chicken Karaage ($5.75) is deliciously tender though the batter is a bit on the soggy side.
Oyster Skewers ($3.50) are mightily impressive size-wise and the flavours from the wasabi mayonnaise drizzled on top give the dish a nice kick.
For mains, you can't go here without ordering one of their namesake donburi dishes. The Pork Katsu Curry Rice ($9.75) is similar to many curry rice bowls available in the GTA. The flavours are strong without being overwhelming, with just a tiny hint of sweetness that is standard with Japanese curry.
The Gyuu Don ($10.50) is a must-order. Tender cuts of seasoned beef and pickled ginger are served on a bed of Japanese rice and coated in a lightly sweet-savoury sauce.
The Umami Don ($10.50) comes with a whole slew of ingredients including radishes, crab meat, unagi and green onions piled on white steamed rice and infused with sweet unagi sauce and Japanese mayo.
To drink, order the Melona Sake ($8) - also from their secret menu. Sprite, sake, and a touch of aloe juice are mixed with a whole Melona bar (available in either melon or mango flavours), resulting in a beverage as creamy as it is refreshing.